Monthly Archives: October 2016

Quandaries -the buffet- update

              So, I dredged up the photo above-left-, which is the only photo I had of the QB (Quandary Buffet) taken when we bought it. Surrounded by stuff. Next time we saw it was … Continue reading

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Friday French Property P**n – Four modestes maisons

I know it’s Saturday, but I had a very, very, long and arduous day yesterday so forgive my tardiness.   I would love to find a big, old wall panel like this-left. The inset cupboard- right is very much like … Continue reading

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An enigmatic Spanish lady

Is she Spanish? I can’t say for certain, but that’s my feeling. Painted in gouache in a frame that suggests it’s original because it is of the same vintage as her dress. Properly made gilt frame with the red underpainting … Continue reading

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Quandaries

The best laid plans of mice and men and French country village house restorers gang aft astray. They do. When I bought this heavily carved buffet de cuisine it was always intended to be the dramatic focal point of the … Continue reading

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Episode 147 part two- in which we show why we blew the b****y doors off

So, there were two of these horrible doors.We took them off and removed the chipboard lower shelves.   We put up these carved and gilded fruitwood panels that came from a Georgian house in the UK (1817) not as deep … Continue reading

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I’m not saying my partner is displaying a degree of ocd, but…..

Its weird. Trev is happy to exist in the necessary chaos around us in France but I am reaching the end of my patience with this project now. I want clean. I want to go look for something in it’s … Continue reading

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Finishing a table top.

It’s a real pain when you find that , once you have laboriously taken bits of grotty  old varnish off your dining table, the stain once used on this piece has soaked right down into it and it’s STILL DIRTY … Continue reading

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